We are 4 months into 2017 and many people have abandoned their fitness goals that they made just a few months ago. It is sad, but it’s a reality. However, for those who have not given up their goals, there are many fitness trends this year that have grown in popularity and are helping people see results.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), these are trends that have been rising steadily for several years, so there’s a good chance they aren’t going anywhere. Let’s highlight a few of them, shall we?
1. Wearable Tech
Fitbit, Nike, TomTom, and Garmin all have their varieties of wearables that are very accurate. They track heart rate, distances, location, remind the wearer to move or exercise and many other things. I actually had a Fitbit that I used a year or two ago but I was too rough on it and it broke. While I used it though, it was pretty good. It helped keep track of personal goals in running or walking. Also, the more you go on long runs, the slower your resting heart is, and the Fitbit made it a breeze to track.
2. Group Personal Training
This is not new, but it’s growing. As personal training is expensive, having a group attend a training session together can save money and also give attendees motivation and a safe spot to exercise. The CoRec does not offer group personal training, but they do offer group exercise classes such as Group X and Kickboxing. I do have one caveat with this trend. Those wanting to pursue this route should think hard about whom you partner with for the training sessions. I have done group training sessions and some participants have been friends or coworkers. The friends are often the ones who waste more time in the gym and would rather converse instead of working out. This generates two problems. The more time is spent talking and not exercising the more the training session costs. Also, the more talking you do during a training session, the less attention you pay to doing the exercise right, thereby increasing your risk of injury and decreasing the effectiveness of the exercises. So take heed who you workout with and make sure they are as motivated as you.
3. Worksite Health Promotion
Employers are doing more to increase the health of their employees. If a person is not in good health, every part of their life suffers from it, including work. So employers are continuing to create programs and ideas around this notion. More employers are providing on-site gyms and fitness areas, healthier lunch options, quitting smoking programs and all kinds of other things. A big player in this area is Google. They provide free gourmet food and snacks around the clock often sourced from local farms, fitness centers with massage therapists, electric car rentals, and even a death policy that pays the surviving spouse half the salary of the former employee for 10 years. The last one was the most impressive to me
4. Outdoor Activities
There are thousands of gyms all across the country and personal trainers often exclusively train there. However, personal trainers using the outdoors as a training ground is growing in popularity. Hiking and running on outdoor trails can be more beneficial than staring at the TV mounted on the treadmill due to the mental and emotional boost you get from being outside. There’s just something about nature that helps heal our bodies just by being in it. There’s also a reason why we always try to bring nature indoors. Think about the background picture of your computer or your phone. It’s generally a photo of something in nature. So instead of heading to the gym, try going on a walk and picking up a heavy log for weight training or hiking up a hill for cardio. You’ll feel better not only about the exercise but also about being outdoors.
5. Circuit Training
This one is like the chill cousin of HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training. The exercises are still done in succession, but in a lower intensity form that incorporates a short break in between each exercise. Once all the exercises of the circuit have been completed, the process starts all over again for however many times a person chooses. This is a great option for beginners who may be intimidated by HIIT because you get the same kind of workout at a practical level. I can attest that this is an excellent way to start a fitness journey and it prepares the body very well for increasing levels of exercise.